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Scotland Saltire Scholarships (SSS)-2016

Deadline: 01-May-2016

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Scotland’s Saltire Scholarships (SSS) is a substantial programme of scholarships, offered on a matched funding basis between the Scottish Government and Scottish Higher Education Institutions. The scheme offers up to 100 awards, each worth £4000. These are towards the tuition fees, for any one year of full time study, on an Undergraduate, Masters or PhD course at any of Scotland’s higher education institutions.

The scholarships are designed to support the promotion of Scotland as a learning nation and a science nation and are therefore targeted at the priority sectors of creative industries, life sciences, technology, financial services and renewable and clean energy (find out what study options are available). These are available across key priority countries:

  • Canada
  • China
  • India
  • Pakistan
  • United States of America

The scholarships are available to students as part of a wider strategy to promote Scotland as a study destination and showcase Scotland’s higher education offering in international markets.


Eligibility Rules

In order to be eligible for a Saltire Scholarship, candidates must:

  • Have a conditional or unconditional offer of a place at a Scottish university on an eligible course before an application can be considered.
  • Be a citizen of Canada, India, Pakistan, USA or the People's Republic of China (Hong Kong also being eligible as it is a Special Administrative Region of China).
  • Be able to demonstrate that they can meet the costs of living in Scotland and the remaining tuition fees.
  • Complete an application form and submit it to their selected institution by the closing date of 1st May 2016.
  • Not have previously studied for a full undergraduate degree in Scotland.
  • Not have previously received a Saltire Scholarship.

Eligible courses:

  • The course must be an undergraduate, Masters or PhD  level course in one of the following broad subject areas: Science, technology, creative industries, financial services, renewable and clean energy.
  • Courses must be full time and delivered in Scotland. Online, distance learning or courses delivered at a Scottish university campus overseas are not eligible for the scholarship.

How to apply?

Application can be done online only.

More Information

What Can I Study?

The scholarships are designed to support the promotion of Scotland as a learning nation and a science nation and are therefore targeted at the priority sectors of:

  • Creative industries
  • Life sciences
  • Technology
  • Financial services
  • Renewable and clean energy

This includes a wide range of subjects across all of Scotland’s universities and higher education institutions.

The list below is intended as a guide to priority subject areas and is not a list of courses. This list is not exclusive and applications for courses in broader subject areas will be considered. Please check with your institution to see what courses are covered.

Examples of subject areas include:



  • Architectural Design
  • Urban Design
  • Built Environment
  • Landscape
  • Architecture

Arts and Humanities

  • Archaeology
  • Philosophy
  • Sociology
  • Classics
  • History
  • Literature

Clean and Renewable Energy

  • Sustainable Engineering
  • Renewable Energy
  • Biomass / Bio fuels
  • Hydro / Solar / Tidal / Wind power

Communications, Media and Culture

  • Broadcasting
  • Film
  • Animation
  • Journalism
  • Cultural
  • Publishing
  • New Media Studies


  • Graphic
  • Industrial
  • Interior
  • Fashion
  • Computer Games/Computer Arts

Earth Sciences

  • Environment
  • Energy
  • Geology
  • Weather and Climate

Financial Services

  • Accountancy
  • Investment
  • Asset Management
  • Finance
  • Banking
  • Economics

Music and the Performing Arts

  • Dance
  • Music
  • Theatre / Drama
  • Opera

Physical and Life Sciences

  • Astronomy
  • Chemistry
  • Physics
  • Animals / Zoology
  • Biology
  • Plants / Botany
  • Health Sciences
  • Bio technology


  • Software
  • Engineering
  • Bioinformatics
  • Information
  • Systems
  • Multimedia
  • Engineering
  • Computers


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